Your First Look at Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s The Martian
In the last two years, there has seen an unexpected resurgence in a genre that peaked around the same time as the American space program: astronaut movies. Gravity, Interstellar, and Oblivion have all enjoyed worldwide success, paving the way for Ridley Scott’s latest space saga.
Having directed Alien and Prometheus, Scott is a seasoned veteran of the genre. He once again returns to this territory with November’s The Martian, which Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Netflix’s Daredevil) adapted from a novel by Andy Weir. Early in his career, Scott also earned considerable science fiction cred with films like Blade Runner and (to a far lesser extent) Legend, making any new foray into this territory cause for excitement.
While little has been revealed about The Martian thus far, we know that it stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. His co-stars include
Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kristen Wiig, but a trio of images published by Empire (see below) suggest a story of solitude in the tradition of Gravity and Cast Away. “Any survival story is fascinating,” says Scott, before indirectly invoking a ’60s cult classic. “I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe.”